US Hurdler Lolo Jones: Staying a Virgin ‘Harder than Olympics Training’

US track star Lolo Jones said that staying a virgin has been harder than training to become an Olympian.

In an interview to HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the 29-year-old said refusing to have sex before marriage had also made it difficult for her to keep a steady boyfriend. Photo: Bernard Menettrier de Jollin/Flickr

“When I was 22, 24, it was cute,” she said. “But 24 to 29, it’s not cute. You get judged a lot, a lot of guys won’t return your calls after they find out.”

“This journey has been hard,” Jones went on. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, harder than training for the Olympics. Harder than studying for college has been staying a virgin before marriage.”

She explained that her lifestyle decision was made because sex was “a gift I want to give my husband”. “I’ve been tempted,” Jones added. “I’ve had guys tell me, ‘You know, if you have sex, it will help you run faster.'”

Of course, the US huddler didn’t take that training advice from the opposite sex. “I do want this gold medal,” she said. “But not that bad. Not yet…If you marry me, then yeah.”

The athlete says she’s tried every online dating service in her quest to meet Mr. Perfect and the social network which has helped he is Twitter, writes XFinity.

It became more difficult to get dates in the Twitterverse, however, when Jones wrote about her decision to remain abstinent.

“Yes I’m a virgin. #1 reason why I’m single bc guys deuce out when I won’t put out. I do so to honor God & future husband,” she tweeted on March 12.

Jones also said on the program that she has grown accustomed to being rejected by men as a result of her beliefs, claims The Daily Mail.

She said: “Here’s the two things that happen when you tell a guy you’re a virgin, this is the honest truth. One, you tell them [and they say] “oh ok, I respect that”. But you can already see in their eyes [that they’re thinking] “she’s lying about this and I’ll crack it”.

She went on: “So we’ll talk usually one to three months [later], then they’re like “oh shoot, she was serious”. Time for me to exit”

One Twitter user suggested  Tuesday that Jones should marry Tebow, but added that he didn’t think the football star “could get over your shoplifting as a teen.”

Jones replied : “if he is a true Christian ‘thou shall not judge’ and also the whole, forgive seventy million gazillion times to ur brethren ;)”

However, Jones is a devout Christian like Tebow. Some years ago she revealed to Women’s Health magazine that she listens to ‘a lot of Christian music’ to help calm her during training seasons.

“I listen to a lot of Christian music, and reading my Bible calms me down immensely. But when I’m standing in a stadium packed with 80,000 screaming fans, I can’t just whip out my Bible before I run,” she said then.

“That’s when I start praying! It’s so loud that I can’t even hear what I’m saying, but it always helps.”

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